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UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 12, 2018, 9:03 a.m.

What makes a tomato a grand champion? A Spokane County fair judge explains.

Take it from those who love it most: The Spokane County Interstate Fair will grow on you – much like the pumpkins in the Agriculture Building.


In the Garden: First step, selecting the right site

Sunlight is the most important consideration. While most vegetables can get by with a minimum of six hours of sun per day, more is better. Take a walk around your …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 22, 2017, 3:04 p.m.

100 years ago in Spokane: Davenport, other restaurants raise potato prices in response to war-time vegetable shortages

The lowly potato was making front page news because its price “continues to soar.” The Spokesman-Review said that the potato would soon be “classed as a luxury,” and that Davenport’s …


In the Garden: Unlocking the secrets to successful gardening for all

“Everyone can grow a garden.” That will be the recurring theme for my columns throughout this year’s growing season. I strongly believe everyone should be able to successfully grow a …


A diet rich in fruits and vegetables outweighs the risks of pesticides

When you shop for groceries, do you carry a copy of the Environmental Working Group’s “Dirty Dozen,” list with you? It’s a list of the 12 vegetables and fruits with …


Sure, ‘eat the rainbow’ – but don’t pass over these paler foods

How many times have you heard the phrases “eat the rainbow” or “avoid white at night”? Although certain white foods – namely white flour and refined sugar – don’t do …


Pasco frozen food processor aims to restart production after recall

CRF Frozen Foods is unable to identify the contamination source that prompted a massive recall and led the company to lay off 300 workers at its Pasco plant. Gene Grabowski …


Different seeds need different starts

Indoor time helps some plants thrive, while others need to start outside.


Green Bluff harvests early this year because of warm weather

The fields of pumpkins sprawling across the hillside at Walter’s Fruit Ranch in Green Bluff are early this year, bright splotches of color signaling the ripeness of the gourds with …


Community garden keepers brace for heat

If you want to enjoy your homegrown lettuce, you better pick it before the three-digit temperatures hit this weekend. That’s the advice of Teresa Sadler, garden coordinator at the Pumpkin …


Fruit and vegetable picking underway at Green Bluff farms

Warm summer days herald the beginning of the fruit picking season at the dozens of farms in Green Bluff north of Spokane. Most people know Green Bluff for its cherry …


May 25 sale offers discounted plants

Gardeners looking for good deals on plants might check out the sale the Associated Garden Clubs is holding on May 25. The garden clubs had a large number of leftover …


In the Garden: Why your hopes were squashed

Last year, I received quite a few emails from readers wondering why their summer squash plants weren’t producing. Some plants started to develop a squash only to have it shrivel …


In the Garden: It’s a cool time to grow potatoes again

Potatoes are one of the most enjoyable cool-season crops to grow. Not only are the plants attractive but it’s also great fun to dig for buried treasure in the fall. …


In the Garden: Start with crops that like to stay cool

It’s almost time to start planting cool-season crops. These veggies can be planted in early spring as soon as the soil is dry enough to be worked with. How do …


In the Garden: So many veggies, so little time

When it comes to choosing veggie seeds to grow in my garden, I have a terrible time narrowing it down to a select few. After all, the photographs in the …


Growing beans over an arbor pays big dividends

It’s time for an update on how my vegetable garden is doing. The plants didn’t get off to the best of starts because of cool temperatures in May and June …


Refugees glean to give back

Refugees from Asia and Africa will gather thousands of pounds of fresh produce to redistribute throughout Spokane this summer. The Refugees’ Harvest Project includes nearly 40 Hmong, Nepali, Tanzanian, Karen …


Savvy gardeners holding steady on tomato plants

When it comes to growing veggies, the tomato has to be everyone’s favorite. And why not? The taste of a homegrown, sun-ripened tomato can’t be beat. Right now, I have …


Do Your Part: Enjoy taste of homegrown foods

Want to join the grow-your-own food movement but just don’t know where to start? Don’t fear. Spring is here and it’s the perfect time to start growing delicious foods right …


Get ready to plant squash, pumpkins

It’s just about time to start planting warm-season crops in the vegetable garden. This includes beans, corn, tomatoes, peppers, eggplants and summer and winter squash. In this region, our average …


Options are endless for growing fruits, veggies from seeds

One of the most enjoyable and rewarding aspects of gardening is starting your own plants from seed. The varieties of vegetables and flowers you can grow are endless. Seed-starting supplies …


Rocky Ridge Ranch owners keep it real with meat, produce

Thanksgiving turkeys come in all sizes. And some are raised differently than others. Gary Angell’s turkeys roam free and eat a homemade mixture of what he calls “real food.” They …


Education Notes: Teens will play teens in St. George’s play

Head back to Rydell High School with the T-Birds and the Pink Ladies in “Grease,” when Saint George’s School puts on its first production of the school year on Friday …


Retiree has 20-year record of donating produce proceeds

“You go ahead and take all the limes, Hon, yes, just take them, you can have them.” The words are James Clancy’s, and they are repeated frequently every day at …


Grow some fruit and veggies for food bank

This is going to be a tough vegetable-growing year. Even the crops that tend to love the cooler spring weather are way behind. Things like tomatoes and peppers are just …


As soil dries, it’s time for cool-season crops

It is almost time to get cool-season crops into the ground. This includes veggies like peas, onions, carrots, parsnips, spinach, Swiss chard, radishes, broccoli, lettuce and leeks. What we’re waiting …


Planting the seeds for a plentiful year

Starting your vegetables and flowers from seed is a great way to grow unusual varieties and save money at the same time. By following the directions on the seed packets, …


Zucchini handy for fending off bear attack

A Montana woman fended off a bear trying to muscle its way into her home today by pelting the animal with a large piece of zucchini from her garden.


Plant more crops now to harvest this fall

This is going to be a challenging year for the vegetable garden. Everything is a couple of weeks behind because of the weather. It is going to take a long …